He los angeles dodgers (31-20) opens a series of 3 games against the tampa bay rays (37-15) on Friday at Tropicana Field. The first launch is scheduled for 6:40 pm ET. Let’s analyze the BetMGM Sportsbook lines around the Dodgers vs. Rays odd and make our expert MLB picks and predictions for the best bets.
Season Series: First meeting since Los Angeles won the 2020 World Series 4-2
The Dodgers lost 4-3 to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Even with Los Angeles going 5-5 in its last 10 games, it still sits atop the NL West with a 1.5-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Thursday to give them a 2-game winning streak. Tampa Bay is currently 3 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles for 1st place in the AL East.
Dodgers at Projected Rays Starters
RHP Noah Syndergaard against LHP Jalen Beeks
Syndergaard (1-3, 5.88 ERA) is making his 10th start. He has 1.33 WHIP, 1.3 BB/9 and 6.5 K/9 up to 41 1/3 IP.
- Dodgers are 4-5 in their starts
- Has turned in 3+ ERs in 5 of his first 9 shifts
Beeks (1-2, 4.68 ERA) is making his sixth start and 19th appearance. He has a 1.20 WHIP, 4.3 BB/9 and 7.9 K/9 to 25 IP.
- He is 1-1 with a 7.07 ERA in his 13 bullpen appearances.
- Has yet to pitch 3+ innings in any of his first 5 starts
Dodgers on Rays odds
Provided by BetMGM Sportsbook; access the USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a complete list. The lines were last updated at 9:23 am ET.
- Money Line (ML): Dodgers +100 (bet $100 to win $100) | Rays -120 (bet $120 to win $100)
- Run line (RL)/Against the spread (ATS): Dodgers -1.5 (+155) | Lightning +1.5 (-190)
- More/Less (O/U):9 (W: -115 | U: -105)
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Dodgers on Rays picks and predictions
Rays 6, Dodgers 4
It’s hard to bet against Tampa Bay at home this season, so I’ll side with the RAYS (-120) in the interleague fight on Friday. The Rays are 24-5 at home while the Dodgers are 14-13 on the road.
Running line/Against the spread
Even with the Rays favored to win the game, the Dodgers currently possess the advantage in the run lane department. It is not recommended to take the Rays with an insurance streak with a probability of almost -200.
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LEAN 9 (-115)
Syndergaard has struggled for the Dodgers this season and the Rays lead the league with a wRC+ of 132 against right-handed shooters. While Tampa Bay’s bullpen has been dominant this season, Los Angeles has scored 5+ runs in 8 of its last 10 games.
The Dodgers are 17-9-1 over in their 27 road games and the Rays are 18-10-1 over in their 29 home games.
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